Raw Week So Far

Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to update for about 2 days now, but I’ve been transitioning from Photoshop to Aperture and having some issues therein with uploading my photos. Anyways, as I said in my last post, I’m eating 100 % raw this week–well, just Monday to Friday because my mom and sister and I are going to a spa with wonderful (non-raw) vegan food in Tucson this weekend. My main reason being a general cleanse, I guess, but honestly I just think it’s fun and I have some raw cookbooks/recipes I’ve wanted to dabble in.

So far, it’s been great! And I’m sure under normal circumstances, I would be able to report feeling amazing eating only living foods, but it just so happens that I’ve sorta been having appetite/digestion issues the past few weeks, so I honestly feel pretty crummy. I went to my doctor about it today, so hopefully they clear up and I regain my desire and physical ability to pig out on amazing vegan food soon!

I started Monday morning with a Green Smoothie with spirulina! This was my first time trying spirulina, and I was a little squeamish of a potential fishy taste, but you really couldn’t tell it was there once blended with the other ingredients, which were mango, banana, spinach, and enough water to blend.

Spirulina, for those of you not in the know, is a supposed superfood–blue-green algae with unusually high amounts of protein (and a complete protein at that!), essential fatty acids, B vitamins (including B-12), various minerals, and healthy photosynthetic pigments. It really does turn smoothies a vibrant shade of deep green!

I think I just had a salad for lunch, but for dinner, I pulled out all the stops and made raw sushi: Carpe Diem Carrot Almond Paté Nori Rolls from Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, which has a lot of living recipes. Pre-rolling:

I filled ’em with zuchinni, carrot, and cucumber matchsticks, alfalfa sprouts, and cilanttro leaves. I also made an impromtu sauce to accompany them out of raw almonds, pineapple, shoyu, coconut extract, garlic, and some spices. It was pretty good if I don’t say so myself!

The paté was delicious–gingery carrot almond dill deliciousness!–and I thought the whole roll was good at first…but after a piece or two, I started to get some little gag reflexes, and I realized that I just can’t stomach the fishy taste of nori, which I’ve never had if you can believe it! I never even had fish as an omni (only shrimp), so that characteristic fishy taste is just really foreign and revolting to me. I can take it in small quanities, like in miso soup, but this didn’t fly! Thankfully, my dad promised to eat the other three servings it made in the near future, so I don’t have to feel wasteful.

We had some really good friends over for dinner that night, our old neighbors, Kerry and Jen, and their adorable kids, Jackson and Frannie. For the dinner party, I made Isa’s Raw Strawberry Cheesecake from the PPK blog. I halved the recipe because she said it made 16 servings (!), and as a result, mine was much thinner than hers…and less pretty, I know! :(

It’s basically a pecan-almond-date crust with cashew-strawberry-agave filling. I even messed up a bit, putting too many cashews (the ones meant for the frosting) into the filling, and it was still delicious! I was worried everyone would be too weirded out by a raw dessert, but thankfully I couldn’t have been more wrong–everyone loved it!

The crust is totally the best part. The sea salt in it makes all the difference, and contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of everything else.

Served in a pool of Strawberry Coulis:

For Tuesday’s breakfast, I had a yummy raw fruit bowl with mashed banana, mango, raspberries, figs, and dates, topped with leftover strawberry cheesecake filling and live granola that I made myself: Queen Esther’s Live Granola Funk from Vegan Fusion (seriously, what’s with these recipe names?!) It’s soaked buckwheat groats mixed with blended soaked dried fruit, spices, and sea salt. And the coolest part is that I don’t even own a dehydrator. Instead, I used the most natural dehydrator in the world: the sun! Living in Arizona has its perks! Most raw recipes call for dehydration between 104-115° F, which is pretty much all day, every day here!

My granola was a little too bland, but I think that’s because I used dried cherries instead of dates (thereby decreasing the sweetness a lot). Plus, in the bowl, you don’t even notice. You just get a nice crunch!

For dinner that night I made Aiyah’s Garden Living Corn Chowder from Vegan Fusion again! This was absolutely fab. Raw corn, avocado, onion, ginger, garlic, and cayenne blended into oblivion and topped with more fresh corn, red bell pepper, and flavorful cilantro. Dayummm. This soup makes me feel light and happy. Perfect for summer!

The only changes I made were subbing cucumber for celery and leaving out the jalapeño (and adding extra cayenne) because I didn’t have any of either. I don’t think it lost anything in translation! Tomorrow I plan on making raw chili and sweet potato chips! Yay! :)

I’ll try not to be better about posting from now on! I think all my photo importing/organizing/editing/uploading should be a lot quicker and easier with Aperture.

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13 responses to “Raw Week So Far

  1. Your food all looks really good. I haven't tried many raw foods. I have Ani Phyo's book, but I haven't looked at it yet. I hope to soon.I haven't had the chance to make that peanut dish with the almond butter instead, but when I get around to it, I will let you know how it goes.

  2. Wow – the nori rolls are beautiful, and look delicious! The fillings look perfect. Definitely need to try a raw week, or at least a few days, sometime soon. That strawberry dessert looks fantastic too.

  3. Alyssa Franchetti

    Oh, everything looks beautiful!!! I have been obsessed with spirulina smoothies and juices since I was a little kid; I love the color so much! You've inspired me to "cook" raw more often hehe!

  4. Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com)

    Mmmm, that's a lot of raw goodness!

  5. dang! i can't see photos. will check at home later.

  6. vegan.in.brighton

    Oh wow, that all looks amazing especially those nori rolls.

  7. Your raw food looks delicious! I am especially impressed by the sushi. I'm glad everyone enjoyed your cheesecake. Even if it came out a little thin, it still looks great! I haven't tried that recipe yet but it sounds like something I'd enjoy too.

  8. Everything looks beautiful!!!! I love Vegan Fusion. The full-color photos make me want to make everything in there. I've made that corn chowder before and it was really, really good.I really wanna try some raw granola, but I cannot find raw buckwheat groats here. My Whole Foods only carries the roasted ones. Boo!And I MUST check out Isa's recipe for raw strawberry cheezecake. It looks delicious. I always halve raw desserts too.

  9. Becca Elouise

    Everything looks amazing, especially that sushi!

  10. I love raw sushi! It's always so colourful. I hope you have a great raw week.

  11. I almost made that raw cheesecake last weekend, but I went with an almost raw strawberry pie instead. I was cooking for an omni barbeque and didn't know how well a raw, sugar-free, wheat-free, dairy-free cheesecake would go over, but it sounds like your dinner guests loved it. It sounds so rich, I definitely need to save it for an occasion when I can share. I'm curious about the spirulina. I've heard it's wonderful for you, I just… can't… seaweed… BLECH. I can't swallow nori either. It sends me running from the table.

  12. Ruby Red Vegan

    You've been so busy with all the excited fresh meals! I am in awe of the cheesecake and the breakfast fruit bowl. Banana and mango and figs and dates and granola are some of my favorite breakfasty items!

  13. I tried a raw month more than four years ago and am still eating 100% raw. Watch out!! It can be addictive!As for the "superfoods", I leave them alone and eat the ones God made…BTW, your digestion issues may come from poor food combining. I notice you are eating a lot of "gourmet" dishes. They are okay for an occasional treat. You can check out my forum at http://reallyrawfood.com/forum for some good tips on eating optimal raw.

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